Saturday, March 5, 2011

New blog

This will be my last post on this blog, please follow my new blog, Red Paint and Blue Skies.  If you are a follower of this blog, please change your preferences to my new one, or bookmark the new one.  I plan to be more consistent at my new home!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A new year, and a new life

I haven't posted since September, which is maybe the longest I have gone without a post.  I am not going to write much about the what and why's, but here is the story in a very small nutshell.  My husband asked me for a divorce in November, we are signing the papers on Thursday, and my life as I had known it and thought it would continue, is over.

Here is the good and new part:  my new life is beginning now.  I have been, and will continue to be, sad about the losses, but I choose LIFE and I am open to embracing every new thing that comes my way.

I joined the MONDO BEYONDO class which started this week (see button in my sidebar, they are still open) and this is my first posting to the site:

"I am here to be wide open to whatever is coming my way.  I intend to be open to the new, and to say yes more, to be curious about new experiences.

I have been given the opportunity to completely reinvent my life, and though it wasn't my choice, I have decided to embrace this opportunity and look for everything good and collect blessings along the way (this is already happening).

I am taking this class because I need a nudge to dream bigger, I have nothing but space, so I may as well!" 

Friday, September 3, 2010

And now it is September

I can't believe that I haven't posted since June.  It has been a busy summer, but busy with what, I am not quite sure.  I have a little art to show, these were done in July, though.  There was also a Gussy retreat in July, and a lot of journal pages were done.  Maybe I will post some of those later.

I have been making small collages with paper and paint on canvases.  This one is 8 x 10.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Playing with paper

I love this book by Esther K. Smith!  I found it at the library a couple of months ago, and I kept renewing it until last week, when the library REALLY wanted it back.  I finally had to break down and buy it!  I know that I will use it over and over, though, and those are the books one really needs to purchase.

Magic Books contains lots of very clever ways to create books and toys out of paper, most involving paper folding.

Esther K. Smith is a very inventive book artist, her first book, How To Make Books, is another favorite.  I highly recommend it if you are at all interested in making books, wonderful instructions and humor.

Yesterday I made a birthday card for a good friend's 60th birthday using one of the ideas from Magic Toys.  I used the map fold with a cover, to the right is the cover.

 This is the inside of the card, lots of cool folds on which to add bits.  It was difficult to photograph, but the top of the card has a picture from a 1931 magazine of two ladies gossiping (in evening gowns) by a wall.  Under it I wrote, "Did you hear that N... is going to be 60???"  Another face says, "NO WAY!", below that,
another face says, "Darling, I simply can't believe that!"

At the bottom, there is a cake, on which I drew 60 candles and wrote, "I do believe there are 60 candles on that cake..." and added my birthday wishes.

It was a fun project, I enjoy making cards, and this one was especially fun!

I have been working on a collage on canvas board for a few days, and really enjoying that.  That will probably be the subject of my next post!  Off to the Edmonds Art Festival!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

First Swap in a long time...

I decided to join a swap with Alpha Stamps, an online retailer of cool collage sheets, decorative paper, rubber stamps, ephemera, book making supplies, etc.  I am on their newsletter mailing list, and always enjoy looking at the newest offerings from the company.  They are usually grouped by theme, and periodically the Alpha Stamps yahoo group hosts a swap.  Some time in May, a ginormous tag swap with the theme Mad Hatter's tea party was announced, and I was hooked!   The possibilities for collage sheets and stamps were very enticing!  Also, the color theme was black and red, two of my favorite colors for making art.
One tag is on the right and just above.  I don't usually use too many embellishments in things I make, but they were a requirement for this swap.  There is a hanging medallion which says "we are all mad here" which I ordered from Alpha Stamps (with each of their swaps, it is specified what items must be used on the swap, and there is usually a sale page for those signed up for the swap. There are really only a couple of things required, on this one I was required to use a collage sheet from A.S. and some sort of embellishment, and the colors black and red, as well as a ginormous tag.  The tag is 3 1/2"x7", which is a nice size to work on.

My second tag is to the left.  The words say "Like a tea tray in the sky", the Mad Hatter's version of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.  I will get two tags in return, the quality of work done in this group is very high, and I am looking forward to receiving my tags!

I used to do a lot of swaps, when I first got interested in making mixed media art.  I was in several fatbooks, and a couple of ATC swaps.  I liked them, but I got tired of making so many of the same thing, so I haven't done any for probably three years.

I don't really have time to get in to many swaps, but I will do another one with this group, if the theme strikes me the way this one did!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Fun Find

A couple of weeks ago, I was scouting around Country Village in Bothell with a friend and found this odd little table in front of an antique mall.  I loved the funky chartreuse color and I really loved the price: FREE!

The top of the cabinet lifts up, and there were file folders inside...the old fashioned ones with metal tabs on the edge, another bonus!  The table extension folds down, to make it quite compact.  I thought about it for a few minutes, we live in an apartment with very limited room after all.  I decided it would make a great addition to our patio, where the table will come in handy for holding our plates and glasses when we eat outside, or perhaps my journal??   The outside journaling idea sold the deal, so we scooped it up and took it home!

Here is another view of the outside of the antique mall.  I love the old windows, but we already have one hanging on the outside wall of our patio.

My husband is usually the champ of thrift store shopping and dumpster diving, but I think I did pretty well this time!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

I Love Creating Books!

I love creating books!  I am still on the photocrawl thing, I offered to create a collaborative book of our experience at Pike Place Market.  Everyone sent me photos from the day, and I made books with all of the photos and some writing submitted along with the photos.  I had a lot of time to think about what I wanted to do with the books, as a couple of the women in the group were really busy and so we made the deadline to send me the photos May 1.

I found a very simple book with a rubber band and pencil (or stick) binding, and decided to use that.  The pages are brown kraft paper, and I cut covers from some red file folders I had left over from a filing project! The camera paper on the cover is so great, I found it while shopping with my daughter, and almost forgot about it when I was making the books!

The photo above is of one of the inside pages, I printed the sentences on graph paper in a typewriter font.

I love kraft paper, it set off the photos very nicely, I think.  I throughly enjoyed making these books!